7/31/12

Books I Recently Read

It's been long since I haven't give any reviews on books I read. The last time I blogged about book review was the one I gave on The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. Well actually I did read tons of books afterward, I just didn't get myself enough time to blog-review about them. Well, here, I give you two reviews of the books I recently read. It is Partikel. Partikel itself, is the fourth book from the talented famous Indonesian writer/ celeb/ songwriter Dee Lestari. Previously she wrote the three other books that have relation with Partikel, and they are : 1. Kesatria, Putri dan Bintang Jatuh, 2. Akar, and 3. Petir. I was told by 2 friends of mine, who are, too, some initiative bookworms; Agi and Valentine. They told me for a few times that I had to really buy myself time to read those three for my own's sake. I myself favor one Indonesian famous writer named Ayu Utami, and always open for the discussion about her master(pieces). Now that I already read the four of Dee's book, I can compare hers to Ayus' pieces.
Newest cover. The first book, Kesatria, Putri dan Bintang Jatuh (translated into English : Knight, Princess and The Shooting Star -if I'm not mistaken) was one inspirational and fun fiction novel from Dee. I enjoyed the book that I even only had to read it by 3 hours (and the book wasn't really thick too, actually). She put the words into some theoretical explanations which (had me in a confusion a bit) but were very superb, creative, and modern. With 231 pages, this book is very interesting to read by people who like science, because this book is dominated by scientific language that is easy to understand for those science-geekers. Although I was not one, I can easily understand by the page two about her very own style in putting such words. Creative. Okay I won't talk about this book much, because I originally wanted to do some reviews on the 4th one, Partikel.
The second book, Akar (translated into English : Root -I don't know if this right, but it seems to be like it, by literally). Akar is my one personal favorite. This novel consists of three chapters. The first piece is the bridge between the first book. This book told about a journey from someone named Bodhi, from Indonesia to Thailand, and some other countries in South East Asia. He met great people who changed his life permanently along his solo journey. I'd say this one is an inspirational book, and a natural frickin page turner. I finished this book less a day, and for me it's really hard to turn the last page without wanting some more. Luckily because I have been postponing to read Dee's pieces since ancient, I didn't have to wait until the third is being launched. So I moved my thumb directly on the third, called;
Petir (translated into English : Lightning/ Thunderbolt/ whatever..) I love this book, too but not more than the second one. This book has a story of a girl named Elektra who lives in Bandung. She has a special talent that makes people's jaw dropped. This book is more pop than the last one, but it consists stories about how people should really struggle and be creative just in order to make the wheels roll forward, people should struggle to make a living, and that's one I've learned from reading this book.
And... here it is Partikel, I sighed when I put my thumb on the last page, why? Because I finally have to wait until the next one (Gelombang dan Intelegensi Embun Pagi) until I don't know how long, and I've grew as an adult who has some majjjor Hogwarts memories issue, I haven't forgot how patient I was waiting for the next series of Harry Potter, and yet as an almost completely adult, I still have to wait for my favorite book to launch? Ouch. Well I shall give my thanks to Dee Lestari for being such a brainy brilliant writer by inventing such masterpieces. I always wonder how did she deal with splitting times in order to be a Mom and a genius writer at the same time. Well, the novel was all about a special girl named Zarah (Particle, in English - something to do with physical : In the physical sciences, a particle is a small localized object to which can be ascribed several physical properties such as volume or mass.[1][2] The word is rather general in meaning, and is refined as needed by various scientific fields). So, Zarah had this very special life-time experienced being taught by her genius (maybe natural born prodigy) father named Firas, who then the two of them were getting caught in an internal family conflicts that lead Firas to leave Zarah and his family as well. The way Dee wrote the novel was beyond astonishing. The journey that Zarah had as she's pursuing to keep on searching for her father is brilliant. The story was set in few cool locations, such as Bogor, spesifically in Batu Luhur, some restoration village that Firas once developed, and then Kalimantan, where Zarah accidentaly won a photo contest prize, and turned herself in to Orang Utan conservatory as a volunteer and met the living legend Ibu Inga, the founder of the conservatory in Kalimantan. Then comes; London, where Zarah's being invited by Paul, who works as a wildlife photographer and turned Zarah in to one, too. She had such a magical experienced by traveling around the world, to Africa, and other places too, as a wildlife photographer. Also, the meeting with the first love that she ever had, and turned out it was a pop heart breaking story (I hate this part among all, because it was too pop!). She was in the process of searching her Father by tracking the series number of her limited edition Nikon camera she was receiving as her 17th birthday gift from her Dad (Firas was kinda promised her to give it on her 17th birthday). The lessons that Firas taught Zarah since she was a little kid, led Zarah into the knowledge of fungi, and other scientifical things too. By the end chapter of this book, you will be surprised of how coincidences also helped Zarah through the searching process. Well, this book is purely a page-turner, I just sat all day reading this book without even caring of other things around me.
These were the snapshots I did on my favorite quotations from Partikel. It's all in Indonesian, but I really hope, all of you my non Indonesian blog reader could find the translated version of all these books, because they're really worth to read, especially for those who are interested in Indonesian cultural thingies. And then, here it comes to my MOST FAVORITE SEQUEL BOOK from Ayu Utami. Manjali dan Cakrabirawa. Different to Dee Lestari, Ayu Utami is verrrry Indonesia. She is a brilliant writer, she's a pure poet. She wrote every single detail in such beautiful, uncensored, true, honest and challenging words. This book is the sequel from Bilangan Fu. The story have Marja as the main character who's trapped in her own feelings toward her legitimate boyfriend Yuda and her bf's bestfriend (also, her best friend too) Parang Jati. Ayu Utami has a really unaffordable knowledge about Indonesia's history, politic, art, geography, everything Indonesian, you name it, I bet she knows. She has her own vulgar style in writing although by those who are not interested in knowing Indonesian culture and art, may still enjoy her pieces as well. The language that she uses is not common, it has sense, style, that you can't even compare it to other writers. Once you read her book, any book, and you would know for sure her writing style, and her skill. Very impressive. I would like to suggest you (force you) to read her pieces starting from Bilangan Fu, then you can move forward to Manjali dan Cakrabirawa. The story set on many political background which lead you back in the year of 1965, where Indonesia are still struggling with their political occupation in the strongest lead to be the most powerful in the country, also this tied with those several political incidents that are tangled with the communist party in Indonesia. Ayu blend all this with Marja's bizarre love triangle that happened when she had special a journey with Parang Jati. I grew a big love to the figure of Parang Jati since I have read Bilangan Fu, I can't forget how Ayu Utami repeatedly describe Parang Jati as an angel-postured guy who has the most beautiful eyes in the world. I am tied to him since the first impression I got from the 1st book. I guess, that's all I've got from these 2 books review, will continue later with Saman and Larung from Ayu Utami, later.

Java Trip

A few weeks ago we had a road trip to the East Java. Although most of time we spent gogoleran at my gramma's house, it was a pleasant trip. We went to beaches, old cities, we also visit my late grand parents at a Chinese graveyard. We took quite a lot photos there (instagramed them as well), and well the trip was kind of enjoyable one, although it was only for 4/5 days something. I will post up some pictures here in my blog, since it has been ancient the last time I travel blogged.
it was pretty hot out there, I didn't forget to apply sunblock on my skin, I didn't wanna risk myself being burned by the big sun.
The road trip has a theme, and it was all about roses, we bought rose bouquets every single day. Can't stand the prettiness of them, most likely.
My fiance drove along the way, we got to hear our music playlist, which has up to 2000 or more songs. In short, we didn't have to repeat song.
Everytime we got to do some break, he always asked me to do this, I put my whole body-weight on to his back, and walk on to it, like massaging him.
He bought us an Instax! We used it to photograph our little journey (well it was actually for my sister though). The instax was given to her because she succeeded in passing the University entrance test, she's now officially a medical student at a best medical uni in Indonesia (University of Indonesia) hail to that.
Some of my Instagram pictures, I just love the weather that day, it was pretty good and hot, yes.
we're such posers, it's kinda natural everytime you see beautiful bouquet of flowers, all you wanna do is taking pictures big time. We also had some culinary journey back there, we had a brunch in a classic snack tenant in Batu, where we could really feel the freshest milk they had, also the freshest air, since Batu is a small city that's surrounded by mountains, beautiful mountains. We planned to hike, but it was such a short time, that we prefer to be lazy and just enjoy all the free time we've had.
one of my favest sunnies I wore on the trip. I brought a few of them, but this one was the one I favor most during the trip. They hid my panda eyes perfectly. :D
Big trees, big clouds are surrounding us in Batu back then, it was a bit chilly actually comparing to the 1st day where the degree hit almost 35.
Some favorite pastries, and the names are : pastel & kue sus. Pastel's similarly made of layered pastries, with some egg, carrot, and vegetable stuffed. Kue sus is more like a croissant with vanilla fla filled in. I drank yogurt there, it was sour but very fresh, they're all cheap and delicioso!
See that white flakes behind me? They're kerupuk, or keripik some say, chips in English, they were made of potato and they tasted heaven, if you want it, just contact me thru email, I will give you the address where you can actually see the production process too, while buying (and eating on the spot)
We found treasures! Or a time machine? Well anyway we've been dragged in to our childhood memories.. these sweets came from our 14 years ago. Very memorable, though. And, the pictures below, are the ones I took at my gramma's classic house, I didn't actually grew up there, but I most possibly spent my lebaran childhood memories there with my cousins. We played cards, hiked together, and everything. I missed those times, happy times.
SO, that's all the post about the latest trip I did, well nothing much to share, but anyway just enjoy it! XOXO.

7/24/12

New Apple in The Eye

I think probably most of you are in the same boat with me by reading post. Don't you think tribal patterns are way beyond cool? Although I don't really follow the latest trend, but long way before tribal is happening, I always thought Indonesian traditional patterns that are commonly seen in our fabrics are BEAUTIFUL, yet I haven't make time to really look at in the books and learn all of those patterns. Well I have seen these tribal patterns since I was a kid, I was raised in a home where we put forward the traditional thingies. So, my uncle once gave my parents some gifts that's included tribal patterned draperies, and they were actually hanged in my room, so I am very familiar with this pattern since a very long time ago. The draperies came from Kalimantan, so no wonder that it was really beautiful I still can remember the design, and everything. And that I have recalled it, I was actually unpack the old stuffs my mom put in the storeroom in our house just to find the old draperies. But couldn't find it.
By all the means, I am ready to go seek my treasures (tribal patterned fabrics), to make some new dresses, tops, even skirts. I am so psyched that my cousin and I will be doing this experiment together! YAY.
Don't you think they're pretty (and happening)?
But I think this pic below is the most prettiest. Since it's an authentic one :)
I don't know how the world did this. I think all cultures are beyond beautiful and inspiring.
 

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